Search underway for missing boaters

August 23, 2009 2:25:16 PM PDT
The Coast Guard is currently searching for three overdue boaters approximately 70 nautical miles off the Matagorda coast.Watchstanders at Sector Houston-Galveston received a call at approximately 9pm Saturday from the Matagorda Police Department, reporting three men overdue from a fishing trip. The men were supposed to return home at 2pm.

The wife of the owner of the boat reported that the men launched the 23-foot center console catamaran from Riverbend in the vicinity of Matagorda. They were headed for a fishing destination approximately 70 to 80 nautical miles off the Matagorda coast.

At approximately 1:30pm Saturday, crewmembers from an offshore oil rig reported seeing the 23-foot catamaran with the three men on board.

The owner of the boat, James Phillips, 30, from Blessing, was reported to be wearing green shorts and a t-shirt. Fellow fisherman Curtis Hall, 28, from Palacios, was reported to be wearing cut-off fishing shorts. No description is available for the third person.

The Coast Guard is asking anyone with information regarding the location of three men to contact watchstanders at Sector Houston-Galveston at 713-678-9053.

      QUICK HEADLINES | MORE LOCAL | GET NEWS ALERTS
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
ABC13 SOCIAL NETWORKING
Find us on Facebook® | Follow us on Twitter | More social networking
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
MORE FROM ABC13
ABC13 widget | Most popular stories | Street-level weather
ABC13 wireless | Slideshow archive | Help solve crimes
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Load Comments